Railway Stations Opened

Last Updated: 15 December 2023

One hundred railway stations have been added to the  UK national railway network since 1st January 2000. All of these railway stations are listed in chronological order below with the date that they opened.

If you are looking for proposed railway stations that have not yet opened, the proposed opening dates page can be found here.

Number of railway stations open in the UK

The number of railway stations open on the national railway network is a matter of discussion because the status of some are unclear and there are different interpretations on inclusion.

The number of railway stations that this site counts as open and active is 2,581.

This is explained below.

Source of data

Office of Rail and Road utilise data returned by the train operators through the national ticketing system and publish their number as part of the estimates of station usage annually in November/December for the previous financial year (April-March). This data includes all stations served during that financial year including any that close. On 14 December 2023, the Office of Rail and Road stated that there were 2,578 stations in 22/23. This figure is then updated with any stations that open or close and then make an adjustment to account for stations whose position is unclear.

Stations that have opened

Seven railway stations have opened since 1 April 2023

  • Reading Green Park
  • Marsh Barton
  • Thanet Parkway
  • Portway Park & Ride
  • Headbolt Lane
  • Brent Cross West
  • East Linton

Included in the ORR data

This website removes four railway stations that the ORR counts:

  • Corfe Castle and Bishops Lydeard are on heritage railways with mainline connections and have received regular trains on a weekly basis run by train operating companies in previous years. These trains did not operate in 20/21 and none have yet operated during 21/22. These two stations were included in the 20/21 stations usage chart but they were not counted as active stations. They were not allocated a zero in the statistics
  • Teesside Airport and Stanlow and Thornton railway station services were suspended in May 2022 and February 2022.

Not included in the ORR data

There are also other railway stations that are regularly brought up when the number of railway stations in the country is discussed:

  • Manchester United Football Ground has not been served by trains since 2018 at the request of the football club. Regular railway services for events or football matches are not expected to occur in the future
  • IBM and Redcar British Steel have had their services removed indefinitely, although there is an expectation that both could reopen as part of redevelopment of former industrial sites near to both stations. Neither of these stations have gone through a formal closure process
  • Norton Fitzwarren railway station was served by a GWR operated shuttle on 3 August 2019. It is not counted in the number of opened stations
  • Barlaston and Wedgwood had their services withdrawn in 2004 and have not been included in the estimates for station usage for many years
  • Angel Road was formally closed before Meridian Water opened and is effectively treated as its replacement
  • Sampford Courtenay was not reopened as part of the restoration of railway services on the Okehampton railway line and there are no plans to restore services to this station. A separate station called Okehampton Parkway is being considered.

Table of recently opened railway stations

This table does not include the railway stations that have been opened in Northern Ireland, light rail/rapid transit systems or heritage railway lines although this website provides updates on railway stations in these categories.

Railway StationDateYear
East Linton14/12/20232023
Brent Cross West11/12/20232023
Headbolt Lane05/10/20232023
Portway Park & Ride01/08/20232023
Thanet Parkway31/07/20232023
Marsh Barton04/07/20232023
Reading Green Park27/05/20232023
Inverness Airport02/02/20232023
Bond Street24/10/20222022
Barking Riverside18/07/20222022
Canary Wharf24/05/20222022
Custom House24/05/20222022
Woolwich24/05/20222022
Tottenham Court Road24/05/20222022
Reston23/05/20222022
Soham13/12/20212021
Bow Street14/02/20212021
Kintore15/10/20202020
Horden29/06/20202020
Worcestershire Parkway23/02/20202020
Robroyston15/12/20192019
Warrington West15/12/20192019
Bishops Lydeard27/07/20192019
Meridian Water03/06/20192019
Maghull North18/06/20182018
Corfe Castle18/05/20182018
Kenilworth30/04/20182018
Cambridge North21/05/20172017
Ilkeston02/04/20172017
Low Moor02/04/20172017
Edinburgh Gateway11/12/20162016
Kirkstall Forge19/06/20162016
Lea Bridge15/05/20162016
Bermuda Park18/01/20162016
Coventry Arena18/01/20162016
Apperley Bridge13/12/20152015
Cranbrook13/12/20152015
Oxford Parkway26/10/2015*2015
Eskbank06/09/20152015
Galashiels06/09/20152015
Gorebridge06/09/20152015
Newtongrange06/09/20152015
Shawfair06/09/20152015
Stow06/09/20152015
Tweedbank06/09/20152015
Newcourt04/06/20152015
Ebbw Vale Town17/05/20152015
Pye Corner14/12/20142014
James Cook University Hospital18/05/20142014
Energlyn and Churchill Park08/12/20132013
Stratford Upon Avon Parkway19/05/20132013
Conon Bridge08/02/20132013
Fishguard and Goodwick14/05/20122012
Armadale04/11/20112011
Buckshaw Parkway03/10/20112011
Southend Airport18/07/20112011
Caldercruix13/02/20112011
Blackridge12/12/20102010
Dalston Junction27/04/20102010
Haggerston27/04/20102010
Hoxton27/04/20102010
Shoreditch High Street27/04/20102010
Stratford International30/11/20092009
Workington North30/11/20092009
Imperial Wharf28/09/20092009
Laurencekirk18/05/20092009
Corby23/02/20092009
East Midlands Airport Parkway26/01/20092009
Aylesbury Vale Parkway14/12/20082008
Shepherds Bush29/09/20082008
Crosskeys07/06/20082008
Mitcham Eastfields02/06/20082008
Alloa19/05/20082008
Llanhilleth27/04/20082008
Heathrow Terminal 527/03/20082008
Ebbw Vale Parkway06/02/20082008
Newbridge06/02/20082008
Risca and Pontyminster06/02/20082008
Rogerstone06/02/20082008
Llanharan09/12/20072007
Ebbsfleet International19/11/20072007
Coleshill Parkway19/08/20072007
Liverpool South Parkway11/06/20062006
Chatelherault11/12/20052005
Larkhall11/12/20052005
Merryton11/12/20052005
Kelvindale26/09/20052005
Llantwit Major10/06/20052005
Rhoose10/06/20052005
Gartcosh09/05/20052005
Chandlers Ford18/05/20032004
Glasshoughton21/02/20052004
Edinburgh Park04/12/20032003
Brunstane03/06/20022002
Newcraighall03/06/20022002
Beauly15/04/20022002
Howwood12/03/20012001
Warwick Parkway08/10/20002000
Lea Green17/09/20002000
Wavertree Technology Park13/08/20002000
Brighouse29/05/20002000
Dunfermline Queen Margaret25/01/20002000
Luton Airport Parkway21/11/19991999
Braintree Freeport08/11/19991999
Horwich Parkway30/05/19991999
West Brompton30/05/19991999
Drumfrochar24/05/19981998
Dalgety Bay28/03/19981998
Euxton Balshaw Lane15/12/19971997
Camelon04/10/19941994
Prestwick International Airport05/09/19941994
Sanquhar27/06/19941994
Wallyford13/06/19941994
Shirebrook24/05/19981998
Langwith-Whaley Thorns24/05/19981998
Creswell24/05/19981998
Whitwell24/05/19981998
Kirkby in Ashfield17/11/19961996
Mansfield20/11/19951995
Mansfield Woodhouse20/11/19951995
Sutton Parkway20/11/19951995
Hucknall17/05/19931993
Newstead17/05/19931993
Bulwell24/05/19941994

* Station opened for preview services on 25/10/2015

8 comments

    1. Hi Antony,

      There are a couple of lists that I would recommend looking at.

      National Rail Enquiries maintain a list. However, it may not have been updated with the railway stations opened this year.

      Wikipedia maintain a good list that appears to be up to date.

      I hope this helps.

      Cheers

      Peter

    1. I think you will find that the only answer to your question, is not on the internet, BUT in a hard copy form, in a limited edition of a book entitled “DIRECTORY OF RAILWAY STATIONS IN GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND”. Which the only copies you will find, are in secondhand bookshops in the u.k. British libraries got rid of a whole stack of books, that no-one was borrowing anymore, BUT the other problem is that there are fewer secondhand bookshops around in 21st Century in u.k.??
      In

  1. To check, what is the reason you’ve not included Elizabeth Line London Central Stations, (Paddington, for example) in your list of new stations?

    As they have separate gates, are they not to be collated as individual stations in the ORR data set?

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